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example. it shouldn't have been president obama who proposed adopting universal pre-k with a model like the one that's worked so well in oklahoma. oklahoma is a red state. they're using incentives and local partnerships and it's working. y'all should have been all over that. right now the democratic party has a monopoly on ideas for issues ranging from lessening income inequality to dealing with climate change and that lack of competition is not good for anyone. democrats respect forced to innovate and can just sit back and laugh at the lame old gop. just think how the health care law could have been improved if republicans had used an evidence-based approach to improving it rather than closing their eyes, sticking their fingers in their ears and repeating repeal and replace over and over again. we are made worse off and democrats are allowed to be lazy by an opposition that approaches governance as a series of political gimmicks, forced crises and rhetorical devices. we need you, gop. so take a little break from frank luntz, put the reagan quotes aside, forget about all the things that
, if president obama had made any new offers. he wouldn't take the bait, wouldn't answer those questions. republicans this afternoon raising the question of their own, why hasn't president obama reached out to democratic leaders on the hill, but as you point out, martin, this conversation comes against the backdrop of some positive news for president obama. in addition to that number you just sight cited from the usa today/pew poll, there's another part of that poll which shows 51% of americans approve of the job that president obama is doing as compared to 25% who approve of the job republicans are doing. so president obama getting a boost from that poll today certainly during that conversation that he had with congressional leaders. in terms of what's next, two phone calls will be on the horizon, we haven't had any indication. what i can tell you is that president obama will be leaving washington, d.c., taking his message on the road next week when he heads to knew port nene virgin virginia. >> kristin welker at the white house, thanks so much. let's turn to our panel, eddie bernice jo
did we see results like this in ohio where obama won the state and sherrod brown was re-elected but republicans got 12 of the available 16 house seats. when jimmy carter was drummed out of office in 1980, he managed to carry 900 counties nationally. when michael dukakis ran for president in 1988, he suffered a 40-state landslide but claimed 119 counties. bill clinton won with 1,524 counties. do you know how many counties obama won last year? 690. that's it. 690. even though he won a convincing popular vote majority. gerrymandering wasn't a complete nonfactor in 2012. the gop probably did grab a few extra seats because of it. but the real problem for democrats is that their base of support is less spread out geographically than it's ever been, which means they can win presidential races and even control the senate, but when it comes to the house, their best, their only chance for the foreseeable future is a massive anti-gop tide, like something we saw in 2006 or 2008. short of that, the era of republican speakers could last for a long time. okay, that does it for "the cyc
writes the effect of boehner's argument is to make obama seem reasonable in comparison. i'm sorry, mr. york, but didn't you read mr. boehner's editorial? he said he wanted democrats to get serious about the sequester cuts. in fact he said it twice. which frankly for him is well below par. >> replace the president's sequester, we need our democrat colleagues to get serious. >> get serious. >> get serious. >> get serious. >> get serious. >> yes, let's serious. i'm joined by kristen welker who's live at the white house. kristen, these cuts are no laughing matter, but how does the white house get house republicans to agree to additional revenue? what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, martin, i'm not sure that they're going to be able to in terms of strategy. we've seen president obama taking his case to the american people. you saw him do that yesterday in that clip that you aired with the president joined by first responders making the case that their jobs could be at risk if the sequester kicks in. of course today he's granting interviews to local affiliates across the country. i expe
with anyone. or so he thinks. ♪ >> rise up, o god, and save us from ourselves. >> senator obama or president obama and senate democrats are demanding more tax hikes. >> this is going to be a big hit on the economy. >> didn't john boehner say he wasn't going to do that anymore. >> revenue issue is now closed. gee said he wasn't going to sit down and negotiate. >> it was said very clearly you will regret doing this. >> our lives are in danger. >> it looks to me like woodward hyped that claim. >> it's not even noon on thursday and the house is going home. >> i think it was winston churchill who said americans always do the right thing after they've exhausted every other possibility and we're getting to the point where we've now exhausted every other possibility. >> what a country. ♪ add it up, add it up ♪ you got to add it up >> it is another busy thursday with developing stories here at home and around the world. the papacy is now formally vacant and we'll bring you the latest on pope benedict's dramatic farewell and the election of his successor. also close to vatican city, john kerry mee
>> it seems to be designed to coincide with president obama's state of the union address. >> they represent a serious threat to the united states. >> this is a serious challenge to the obama administration. >> security council just met to discuss north korea's highly provocative nuclear test. >> this one has set off some alarm bells, particularly because of the size of the blast. >> this is really a message for the united states. >> one thing that would get their attention and china's attention is if you give nuclear weapons to south korea and china. i think he looks like a knuckle head. >> like a nincompoop. ♪ >> we are now less than five hours away from the president's state of the union address where he'll lay out the agenda for his second term in office. and it's safe to assume that his preparations received a severe jolt this morning with the disturbing news that north korea had carried out another nuclear weapons test in violation of the united nations, and this one significantly stronger than their two previous tests. and it's in this alarming context that republ
a universal registry. >> and obama care wasn't a tax until they needed it to be a tax, was it? >> it was the supreme court that said that. >> let's get to our panel now. mark glaze is the director of mayors against illegal guns which is responsible for that super bowl ad. and michael eric dyson is a professor at georgetown university and an msnbc political analyst. thank you both for joining us. mark, it's almost two months since that horrific shooting at sandy hook elementary school. and it seems as though we started the conversation by considering every gun safety initiative from assault weapons bans to restricting gun capacity -- the capacity of gun magazines, yet now the nra says even background checks are worthless, so is that it? is that the end of the discussion? >> well, i don't think the nra marks the end of the discussion. i think it marks the beginning of the discussion. you know, you have this unusual period of time where the public is really focused on this, including the president, 850 mayors and police officers which you saw today in minneapolis, and there is ma
to ohio where a conservative advocacy outfit conducts focus groups with 20-somethings who voted for obama but were deemed within reach of the republicans until they play the word association game. for republican the focus groupers say corporate greed, old, hypocritical, narrow minded, rigid, racist, out of touch, hateful, 1950s. the article says young americans don't want to join a party that's on the wrong side of history. what's a young republican 2016 hopeful to do about the boulder between the gop and the white house? for rubio tupac is one small way to differentiate himself. to say i'm not out of the '50s. i'm modern and cool. what tupac is to rubio, rubio is to the gop. he's a human band-aid on a gaping bullet hole. most of his message is not that much different from romney's failed assault on big government, but he's not an older white man so maybe this time it will work. but the gop doesn't understand that voters see through the window dressing. they see through the new face pushing old policies. they see through the tupac loving senator whose anti-gay marriage and pro-life and an
in the time since obama has been president. the ratio between white and hispanic wealth is now 15 to 1. stimulating the economy, expanding welfare programs and government aid has done nothing to lower poverty levels among blacks and hispanics. it's something a few black thought leaders have tried to tackle. they say that the obama administration has ignored the plight of blacks and the poor in favor of corporate welfare and business interests. this is where conservatives should redirect their attention. a compassionate message combined with empowering and provocative economic policies would be good for the country, good for the poor, and good for the conservative brand. it wasn't that long ago that republicans like jack kemp, newt gingrich, and george w. bush relentlessly advocated for solving poverty. if republicans are smart they will shake off the dust from the democrats war on women campaign. martin, it's all yours. >> it's tuesday february 19th, and republicans, republicans, where for art thou republicans? the president has a message for you. >> if congress allows this meat cleave
that killed bin laden. her husband has to get all the credit for that. >> michelle obama, hey, how are you? >> i will say this, whoever did the photo shopping did a pretty good job. >> they did. >> people in caves, people in huts and jungles. >> they're all enjoying pirates of the caribbean. >> how much that cameo costs. >> but it boosts the obama administration up as this glamorous thing. >> well, it is. >> governor chris christie will not be invited to c pack this year. >> everybody who is anybody in the republican political world will be there. >> it's not about winning, it's about sitting inside of an echo chamber of resentments. >> and you are looking live right now at shots of the senate floor where we're watching a final vote on chuck hagel for secretary of defense. we'll obviously bring that to you as soon as we have a result. but before that let's bring in our panel, angela rye, political strategist and principal of impact strategies, karen finney, former dnc communications director and ari melber, correspondent for "the nation." welcome to all of you. chuck hagel is about to be c
, look at obama care. >> the president was out golfing with tiger woods. >> they had a great time. tying ser a great guy. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. >> leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction. >> this is the president torpedoing his own plan. >> there are hot lights on you. you're wearing your lucky burlap unitard. >> who would you rather play golf with? >> senators john mccain and lindsey graham said they would not proceed with the nomination of hagel until the oaks provided more information about last year's benghazi attack. >> nobody is really talking about this story. >> what is the cover-up? >> then and only then will they return to the balcony seats on the muppet show. >> it wasn't rare and it certainly wasn't well done! ♪ >>> it is president's day, an extra day of rest for millions of americans and count the president among those who could use it. in the next hour he's scheduled to board air force one and return from florida to washington and when he gets there, it's certain he'll be met with the same republican hysteria and overreaction to
you're a huge fan of barack obama and you do think he's ethical and wise or whatever the words that jay carney used. obama is not going to be president forever. we're going to have new administrations, and obama has kind of solidified what bush and cheney put into place and that's going to be in the hands of other administrations in the future, and david is right. there are no checks on this. if this is so ethical, it's so wise, and it's so legal, then why don't you be honest and open about it and tell congress what you're doing so at least they can do it even if you're going to keep the people in the dark. >> thank you, gentlemen. >>> coming up, at least some members of congress are looking for bipartisan solutions on gun safety. yes, they are. stay with us. [ woman ] if you have the audacity to believe your financial advisor should focus on your long-term goals, not their short-term agenda. [ male announcer ] join the nearly 7 million investors who think like you do. face time and think time make a difference. at edward jones, it's how we make sense of investing. i've got a n
, and they occupied the political center which is exactly what president obama is doing right now while the nra occupies the extreme political fringe opposing common sense things that 9 out of 10 americans support. >> julian, let me follow up on that. i agree with you. at the same time at the same point we're going to need a cadre of republican votes to get these things done. the more they fracture, yes, we can stand back and kind of let it happen. at the same time, we've got to make sure we're able to get the republican votes that we need to make sure we actually deliver on the promise. >> and i think that's exactly right, karen. and i think what you do to my earlier point is you begin to identify those 30 to 40 republicans that you think you can get, and you build out these coalitions in their districts. that can be done in a number of places as we have seen from some of the polling data, a number of republican districts. on guns you do exactly what you did, what mothers against drunk driving did in the 1980s when they flipped president reagan on drunk driving laws. this is old-fashioned reta
the fears of progressives as obama conducts a foreign policy that looks like bush's. i am not pro-drone. i am pro-destroying al qaeda. i am pro-protecting america. i am pro-a better drone program and i am pro ending this war as soon as we can but i fear that's a long way away. as douglas macarthur said, only the dead have seen the end of war, and we may now be in a permanent war. okay. that does it for "the cycle." martin, it's yours. >> passionate patriotism from toure. thank you. it's monday, february 11th, and a pope has abdicated, the president prepares to face the nation, but republicans are still stuck on benghazi. >> the president's state of the union address. could be the president's last best chance to address a captive audience. >> do republicans have the leverage now? >> none of the things i ran on as part of the tea party have been fixed. >> i don't want to live with this sequester. >> how do we get growth with jobs? >> no confirmation without information. >> are you going to support him for defense secretary? >> i will see the rest of the answers to his questions but certainly
proves once again that more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense, bipartisan action. that was mitch mcconnell the psychic senator. in a paper statement, of course, as congress is currently in recess. speaker john boehner, never one to balk at a touch of plagiarism offered the same criticism but he tried to lay the blame on the president by calling these his sequester cuts. funny that because i seem to remember the speaker striking a different tone on the budget deal that produced the sequester. what was it he said again? >> you look this final agreement we came to with the white house, i got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> that was it. let's get right to our panel. david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones magazine, and karen finney is former dnc communications director. both are msnbc political analysts and i'm delighted to say karen has joined us here in new york. if i can start with you, david, james clapper, the director of national intelligence, told reuters that just the cuts scheduled f
and ask for the resignations of hillary clinton and throw barack obama out of office. >> right. >> and the idea that you'd be able to stop future cia heads and secretaries of defense because of something that's already been well gone over, i agree with julian, the politics of it just don't make sense to me. >> julian, let me quote you dick cheney from a speech he gave to wyoming republicans over the weekend. i'm quoting the great mab. the performance of barack obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal. let me read that again. the performance of barack obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal. julian, i'm only surprised he didn't go on to dismiss the president's shooting skills. what's your response there to mr. cheney? >> that's right. when it comes to making comments on choosing staff, dick cheney is the national gargoyle. he was the only guy in charge of a vp selection process who ended up choosing himself. the hypocrisy is mind blowing. here is a guy going after two decorated war veterans who himself
through boston's black areas. when people say what has obama done for the black community, tell them whatever he accomplishes on gun control will disproportionately help us. okay. that does it for "the cycle." martin, it's yours. >> thanks so much toure. good afternoon. i am indeed martin bashir and we are awaiting the president who is on the road again. he's about to speak in his hometown of chicago focused on erasing decades of poverty and preparing young people for the requirements of a modern 21st century world. he's also expected to touch on gun safety in a neighborhood devastated nightly by tragedy. something that he spoke about earlier today at the president's citizen's medal ceremony at the white house. >> a special note just to the families who are here from sandy hook, we are so blessed to be with you. i have gotten to know many of you during the course of some very difficult weeks, and your courage and love for each other and your communities shines through every single day and we could not be more blessed and grateful for your loved ones who gave everything they had on be
way imprudently. president obama would have exercised better judgment and he has exercised better judgment. the way it stands now, the drone program is exclusively within the domain of the executive. their protocol, their judge. so, yeah, i feel a whole lot better about the program when the decider, so to speak, is president obama. it's not to say that, again, the process shouldn't be codified, that there shouldn't be oversight, but really is our standard so low that we would only grant power to the executive that we would trust in the hands of a man who led us into a nation we never should have been involved in. what would george w. bush do? that's your standard? we had never allow a power to the presidency that we wouldn't feel comfortable giving to george w. bush? i think we can raise the bar a bit from that. let's keep in mind that the president does have the unilateral power to drop nuclear bombs and destroy the entire planet. do you feel the same about george w. bush having the nuclear codes as you do about president obama. call me a hypocrite, but i sure don't. all right. t
to getting things done. >> and the oscar goes to -- >> woodward said it was president obama. >> bob woodward. >> at some point we have to do some governing. ♪ >> this is the final countdown. we are just four days from the sequester deadline. after a week's recess, congress chose a 2:00 p.m. start this afternoon and now speaker john boehner is moments away from a capitol hill press conference. we fully expect him to plame the president for the looming cuts that will affect everything from flights to food inspection. meanwhile, the administration is applying the pressure releasing state by state figures of what the automatic budget cuts will mean in practice, including 52,000 military workers furloughed in texas. 9,600 low income students losing their financial aid in california. and ohio teachers and schools losing $25 million in funding. one might imagine that state governors are none too happy about it and addressing the national governors association today, the president called out speaker boehner saying all it takes to avoid the ax is just a little compromise. >> i stand by those commit
resistance to obama anywhere. >> at some point washington has to deal with its spending problem. >> and when your dad says something, you listen. and when you don't, it usually bites you in the [ bleep ] later on. >> i've had enough of it. it's time to act. ♪ >>> the clock is now ticking on what many economists say is a near-certain double dip recession if more than a trillion dollars in automatic spending and defense cuts are allowed to occur at the beginning of next month. and while the president is busy running the government, today nominating a new candidate for the interior department. and yesterday pleading for action to prevent the so-called sequester, republicans have been out front telling anyone who will listen that they, too, are absolutely opposed to any cuts to military and discretionary spending. >> i don't like the sequester. i think it's taking a meat ax to our government. a meat ax to many programs, and it will weaken our national defense. >> however, just to be clear, speaker boehner says that he will not allow any new revenues to prevent the ax from falling. and he's not
to share with you and then i will direct some questions your way. you have said that president obama believes that done carefully, deliberately, and responsibly we can be more transparent and still ensure our nation's security. i absolutely agree. the american people have the right to know what their government does on their behalf consistent with our national security, the presunks mption o transparency should be the rule. when we on the committee push hard for access to the legal analysis justifying the authority of the executive branch to lethally target americans using drones, for instance, it erodes the government's credibility to the american people. i want to tell you i'm grateful to the president for allowing members of this committee to briefly view some of the legal opinions on targeting american citizens. this is an important first step, but i want to tell you i think there's much more to be done in that regard, and you have heard that from my colleagues here today. i have long believed that our government also has an obligation to the american people to face its mistakes
and forth there. what was very interesting in the politics of it all, martin, is president obama, he has those victims of gun violence including gabby giffords who's beloved by everybody in that chamber. and who do you have on the right side is ted nugent. and that was, i think, very much in the back of the minds of a lot of folks in leadership how they were not too happen we with nugent being there. he was a guest of steve stockman who's doing his best to be the 113th congressman which was to garner a lot of attention, do some things that are very much out of the mainstream and end up becoming a thorn in the side of the leadership. >> jonathan, mr. nugent appears to have some kind of obsession with fecal matter. is this a personal fetish or a personal problem? which is it? >> oh, lord, martin. it's a personal problem. buttic it was reprehensible for him to be in the chamber. he is an american citizen. he has a right to be there. his presence there only -- it sort of highlights just how coarse our political discourse has become. that someone who can say he wants obama to suck on the end
mouth. >> there's barack obama. there's hillary clinton, and they're all taking drinks of water during speeches. gee took it right to obama. >> this was the best post-state of the union address. >> that we only care about rich people. >> republicans are stuck responding to have the fictional image of obama that they've created. >> mr. president, i still live in the same working class neighborhood i grew up in. my neighbors aren't millionaires. why would you brag about that love for your neighbors when you were on record trying to move away from those neighbors. >> as you're feeling away for a new party strategy doesn't work, paul ryan doesn't work? that's not going to happen. >> don't worry, senator rubio, nobody noticed that you gave a speech. >> let's get right to our panel now. professor james peterson is director of african studies at lehigh university and jared bernstein is an msnbc contributor and former adviser to vice president joe biden. and we are watching live pictures of a cloture vote in the senate that will determine the path forward for secretary of defense nominee chuck
, president obama, tactics have shifted. tactics on the other side have shifted. again, i think to michael's point, part of the reason we should have this kind of outside verification process is because as the needs change, we need to make sure that we're still staying consistent with some core values. >> karen finney and michael o'hanlon, brilliant, thank you both. >>> sta with us. we have much more ahead. >> americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes. jive to tell you, if that's an argument they want to have before the court of public opinion, that is an argument i am more than willing to engage in. hi. hi. i'm here to pick up some cacti. it should be under stephens. the verizon share everything plan for small business. get a shareable pool of data... got enough joshua trees? ... on up to 25 devices. so you can spend less time... yea, the golden barrels... managing wireless costs and technology and more time driving your business potential. looks like we're going to need to order more agaves... ah! oh! ow! ... and more bandages. that's powerful. shareable
submit that we need to look at what happened in 2008. the election of barack obama. >> jonathan, the congressman raises that as an issue, 2008. but isn't it the case that in 2012 what we've just been through is plentiful evidence of people trying to suppress the vote whether in alaska, texas, north carolina, ohio, florida? pennsylvania. i mean, how many times did that happen? >> it happened a lot. and it happened so much that people in 2012 were thinking wait a minute. what year are we in? we hadn't seen that kind of effort to suppress the vote in a very long time. the idea -- now, look. it's a good thing that the justices are asking tough questions, the right questions. andrea mitchell earlier in the afternoon did an interview with eiffel. and she said the liberal justices on the court also asked for tough questions of the solicitor general who's arguing on behalf of the government. against the shelby defendants, if you will. so as pete said, we can't read too much into what -- into the conservative justices' questions. but when you have antonin scalia talking about racial enti
% of the voters elected barack obama. 49% of us are not that stupid. >> i think the republicans have betrayed their own values. >> the republicans have great messages, but there is a news media in this country that simply is on the president's side. >> the people who we need to reach are the people who aren't paying attention. >> that's what the economy said, herman. >> those that are wrong economists. >> please be reasonable. >> it makes me ashamed. >> vent your anger but be alone when you do it. ♪ have you heard about the new dance criaze ♪ li . >> it is seven days to austerity, to a potential economic apock lips when $85 billion will be slashed from the federal government and eventually it will affect all of us from the food we eat to the flights we take to the nation's national security. all of it could come apart unless republicans find a way to compromise on sequestration. it's a message the president reiterated this afternoon while meeting with japan's prime minister. >> this should be a no-brainer, and let me just point out that the overall impact to the economy will be to slow do
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